Jesus’ Divinity: Ehrman v. the Evangelicals (Pt. 4)

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Chapter 1, “Divine Humans in Ancient Greece and Rome” in Bart D. Ehrman’s How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of the Jewish Preacher from Galilee examines how people in the Graeco-Roman Mediterranean understood the divide between deity and humanity. He proposes three models: (1) gods who temporarily become human; (2) divine beings born of a god and a mortal; (3) a human who becomes divine.

Ehrman uses several example: Apollonius, believed to be the Son of Zeus in the third century CE (pp. 11-15); the myth of Jupiter and Mercury visiting Phrygia in the image of humans thought actually gods (pp. 18-21); Hercules; Alexander the Great (pp. 21-24); Romulus; Julius Caesar; Caesar Augustus and many who would be honored in the Emperor Cult; the philosopher Peregrinus (pp. 24-39). All of these figures are examples that fit into the above categories. Some were truly…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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1 Response to Jesus’ Divinity: Ehrman v. the Evangelicals (Pt. 4)

  1. I have a weakness for Greek Mythology; I found this to be interesting.


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